Tri-C’s Massive Open Online Course Earns National Distinction

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First MOOC to Receive QM Recognition

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) was the first community college inthe nation to launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – free online classes to help high school students pass developmental math, also known as remedial math, before they enter college.

Tri-C’s MOOC was also the first in the nation to earn Quality MattersTM recognition through QM’s Continuing & Professional Education Program.

Quality Matters, a leader in quality assurance for online course design, uses a peer-based approach for continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The QM rubric focuses on the course design exploring key standards, such as course navigation, alignment of learning outcomes, resources and assignments, and course technology.

To earn this recognition, a course must meet all of the 23 QM Continuing and Professional Education Rubric essential standards and receive a minimum of 85% of all the standards. They are then eligible to carry the QM recognition mark that is specific to the QM Rubric version used in the course review.

The Tri-C MOOC significantly exceeded these expectations.

“This recognition speaks to the caliber of the collaboration between the faculty subject matter experts, and the high level of expertise of the instructional design team,” said Danielle Budzick, district director, Innovative Learning Design & Quality in the Office of eLearning and Innovation at Cuyahoga Community College.


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